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Mar 2, 2019 - Day 8

Met with Javier and his client Carl at 6:30am and went to Javier’s private bird blind on the hotel ground. It is an elaborate blind consists of covered observation station, a bath pool, two white clothes walls with lights to attract insects at night and a couple of horizontal mossy tree branches for birds to land on. When we got there, there was a Masked Motmot taking moth from the wall already. Two large Strong-billed Wallcreepers were there also. A couple of Three-striped Warblers and Slate-throated Whitestarts came to join the fun of...

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Mar 1, 2019 - Day 7

The breakfast was served at 7:00am as I requested. They also made a chicken salad sandwich for my lunch with a can of cut up fresh fruits. My taxi arrived at 7:35am and off we went to Mildp Reserve nearby. There were no birds at the banana feeders but tons of hummingbirds at its feeders. I walked the Manikin trail first. I was not sure if there were really Manikins until I heard the special sound that the bird makes with its tail feather during display. I could hear a couple of birds, but it took me a while to find one. They were in the...

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Feb 28, 2019 - Day 6

Today is the last day of February. Went to watch the bird feeder before the breakfast. A young man walked over. He had long hair tied to the back and was in full outdoor cloth. When he greeted me in Chinese, I nearly jumped off the bench. He and his girlfriend/wife are Chinese but live in England. He is an ecologist and the young woman is a micro biologist. They are in Ecuador to visit some friends, just got back from Galapagos Islands. We all went upstairs to watch hummingbirds. He was using a cellphone to take photos. We had breakfast...

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Feb 27, 2019 - Day 5

Woke up at 6:30am. It was bright already. Went to the sister’s main house to watch the bird feeders. There were many types of tanagers and a group of rabbit like agouties were eating on the ground. Pretty soon a beautiful Golden-headed Motmot showed up. Then, a second one came. They fought for the best spot for banana. A pair of Golden-naped Tanagers appeared also. This was the bird that I did not get a photo two days ago. A few Black-caped Tanagers were on the feeder now and then. As usual there were lots of Blue-gray Tanager, Golden...

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Feb 26, 2019 - Day 4

Met Angel at 6:00am and had a cup of coffee and some bread before we left. On the equator the sun always comes out at 6:00am and set at 6:00pm. We drove down the mountain and Angel stopped to dig out some earth worms for birds’ breakfast. The worm is thicker and bigger than ours. When we got to the Wood Quail place, there were 2 groups of people from other lodges were there. Angel placed an open banana on a log and called “Maria (the name he gave to the bird) venga”. we waited about 10 minutes, a Rufous-breasted Wood Quail walked out of the...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Butterflies and Birds

Mindo is known for butterflies and birds. I walked a few kilometers out of town to El Mariposario to see butterflies hatching and flying free. Then I stopped at La Roulotte, a hotel with gypsy caravans for rooms. The bird watching platform in the lodge attracted an amazing variety of colorful birds. www.hosterialaroulottemindo.com

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2016 Ecuador

Jul 31, 2016 - Visiting Mindo

Mindo, bird watching capital of Ecuador with more than 400 species recorded, is a town I've wanted to visit for a long time. Located in the cloud forest about 2 hours west of Quito, Mindo is a little tourist destination 4100 feet above sea level with a population of about 3000. I stayed at Casa de Piedra and walked everywhere. My host Henry Guillen was very informative and directed me to all of the sights around town. There is a short cable car ride over Rio Mindo to a series of waterfalls, a cacao tour to see how chocolate is produced, a...

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2016 Ecuador

Nov 9, 2013 - Quito November 8 & 9

Quito November 8 & 9, 2013 By John Our driver, Carlos, picked us up at El Monte Lodge at noon. According to our itinerary, Carlos speaks only Spanish, but he can communicate fairly well in English. His daughter is married and has been living in the States for nine years. He has an incentive to learn English and it shows. Between his English, and Lois' Spanish, there was never a thought we couldn't communicate. Often he would help Lois with her Spanish, and she would help him with his English. The drive between El Monte Lodge and Quito...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Nov 8, 2013 - El Monte Lodge, Ecuador

Tues. Nov. 5 – Friday Nov. 8 - On to Ecuador: El Monte Lodge This is Lois writing now on Thursday evening; John has been busy editing the hundreds of photos that he took within the past few days. On Tuesday morning, we flew from Cusco to Lima, and then on to Quito Ecuador. A driver and guide met us there, and escorted us to Mindo, a couple of hours north of Quito, where we are spending 3 nights at an eco-lodge in the cloud forest, at an altitude of only 4000 feet. Breathing is definitely easier than it was at 11,200! There is no internet...

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Mar 5, 2013 - Gold, hummingbirds, orchids and waterfalls

We met up with Susan again and the 3 of us hopped on the trolley ($.25)and headed for old town. An older man was watching us trying to figure out how many stops to where we wanted to go and pointed "aqui" as in "we're here" and helped us count out trolley stops to our destination. When I thanked him he gave me a toothless grin and said "welcome to my country". I hope Canadians are as kind to tourists as the Ecuadorians have been to us. There was a crowd at the grand plaza so we decided to stay and figure out what was going on. There were...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Mindo

I arrived in Mindo in the late afternon on Sunday after a 2-hour bus ride from Quito. The bus cost only $2.50, but the taxi to get to the (far far away) bus station cost $8! Go figure. Mindo is a town of about 2000 in a cloud forest at 1200 meters altitude. Observant readers will notice that this is 1650 m lower than Quito. Losing 1650 meters in 2 hours suggests very twisty mountain roads so I took a Gravol (motion sickness medication) before departure. I felt fine, but I also slept through most of the scenery. I'm staying at a great...

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Mar 3, 2011 - Mindo adventure

We set out at 6.30am with a German couple and our guide and began our ascent up into the cloud forest. We saw a toucan, a hummingbird and a huge Ecudorian pigeon thing (I believe that is it’s official name) through our guide´s super-duper telescope. It’s easy to forget that such birds actually exist in the world when all you see day-in, day-out are one-legged pigeons and common garden sparrows. After a couple of hours we descended the steep path to see la cascada, which was beautiful. Mike had a dip in the pool at the bottom of the smaller...

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